Professor, School of Psychology, University of Sydney

Outside of the lab, Holcombe works to improve transparency in science, including data sharing and open access for all to scientific work.

Inside the lab, Holcombe studies the cognitive bottleneck on processing letters and words.

Human visual systems face a challenge with moving objects because as their images move across the retina, they stimulate disparate neurons across cortex. Holcombe and his collaborators investigate how signals from different neurons' glimpses of a moving object areas are combined, as well as how temporal limits constrain tracking of important objects in a dynamic scene.


  • 2012–present
    ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Sydney
  • 2006–2011
    ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Sydney


  • 2000 
    Harvard University, PhD, Psychology


  • 2009
    Seeing slow and seeing fast: Two limits on perception., Trends in Cognitive Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    Perceiving and Tracking Moving Objects
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)